Merck Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Biostatistics & Research Decision Sciences in Rahway, New Jersey

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Merck is on a quest for cures and is committed to being the world’s premier, most research-intensive biopharmaceutical company. Today, we’re doubling down on this goal. Merck Research Laboratories is a true scientific research facility of tomorrow, and will take Merck’s leading discovery capabilities and world-class small molecule and biologics R&D expertise to create breakthrough science that radically changes the way we approach serious diseases.

Be a part of the legacy: MRL Postdoctoral Research Fellow Program

The Merck Research Laboratories (MRL) Postdoctoral Research Fellow Program aims to be a best-in-industry program for industrial postdoctoral researchers, designed to provide you with an academic focus in a commercial environment. With the resources, reach, and expertise of a large pharmaceutical company, postdoctoral researchers will be positioned to excel in an institution committed to breakthrough innovation in research and discovery.

As a postdoctoral research fellow in Merck Research Labs Biostatistics and Research Decision Sciences (BARDS) based in Rahway, NJ or Upper Gwynedd, PA, you will work with a highly collaborative team of quantitative scientists on a focused research project to design, develop and evaluate statistical models for benefit-risk (BR) analysis in patient subgroups identified using novel data-driven approaches. This work will enable better understanding of BR profiles of target subpopulations to deliver improved treatment strategies. The position provides the incumbent an alternative to the traditional academic postdoctoral research fellowships, with an advantage and an opportunity to gain direct industry experience during the two-year period.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Based on real clinical trial data, carry out simulations to address realistic scenarios/issues identified as relevant for BR subgroup analysis

  • Develop expertise in Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) and win ratio methods to address multiple and potentially conflicting criteria, differing perspectives, and uncertainty

  • Develop expertise in statistical learning including clustering and Principal Component Analysis to identify patient characteristics to treatment response

  • Develop expertise in visual analytics to develop appropriate visual/graphical displays to support the interpretation and to aid decision-making

  • Develop and maintain good working relationship with internal and external experts in the field

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • PhD with less than 3 years of postdoctoral experience OR achieved a PhD by Summer of 2019

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Experience and willingness to work in a global cross-functional team

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Strong statistical coding skills with the ability to develop statistical methods, simulations and applications on real life data in R and/or SAS

  • Skilled in statistical modeling

  • Experience with, and awareness of the issues surrounding subgroup analysis in drug development lifecycle

  • Knowledge of and familiarity with the regulatory requirements of benefit-risk assessment

  • Experience with statistical approaches to dynamic treatment allocation and individualized treatment regimes (ITRs)

  • Excellent writing skills with strong history of publication in peer-reviewed journals

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life.

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Job Post-Doctoral Fellow

Other Locations: NA-US-PA-Upper Gwynedd

Title: Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Biostatistics & Research Decision Sciences

Primary Location: NA-US-NJ-Rahway

Requisition ID: POS000298